Canon SX500 IS vs Sony HX400V

Portability
80
Imaging
41
Features
40
Overall
40
Canon PowerShot SX500 IS front
 
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V front
Portability
62
Imaging
47
Features
60
Overall
52
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Canon SX500 IS vs Sony HX400V Overview

The following is a detailed analysis of the Canon SX500 IS vs Sony HX400V, both Small Sensor Superzoom cameras by rivals Canon and Sony. The resolution of the SX500 IS (16MP) and the HX400V (20MP) is very close and they possess the exact same sensor size (1/2.3").

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The SX500 IS was manufactured 18 months before the HX400V making the cameras a generation away from one another. Both of the cameras come with different body type with the Canon SX500 IS being a Compact camera and the Sony HX400V being a SLR-like (bridge) camera.

Before diving through a full comparison, below is a brief summary of how the SX500 IS matches up against the HX400V when it comes to portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Canon SX500 IS vs Sony HX400V Key Specs

Canon SX500 IS
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 80 - 1600
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 24-720mm (F3.4-5.8) lens
  • 341g - 104 x 70 x 80mm
  • Launched August 2012
  • New Model is Canon SX510 HS
Sony HX400V
(Full Review)
  • 20MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Display
  • ISO 80 - 12800
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 24-1200mm (F2.8-6.3) lens
  • 660g - 130 x 93 x 103mm
  • Introduced February 2014
  • Replaced the Sony HX300
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Canon SX500 IS vs Sony HX400V Physical Comparison

If you're going to lug around your camera, you will want to factor its weight and dimensions. The Canon SX500 IS has outside measurements of 104mm x 70mm x 80mm (4.1" x 2.8" x 3.1") along with a weight of 341 grams (0.75 lbs) and the Sony HX400V has dimensions of 130mm x 93mm x 103mm (5.1" x 3.7" x 4.1") along with a weight of 660 grams (1.46 lbs).

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Remember, the weight of an ILC will differ depending on the lens you choose at the time. Here is the front view size comparison of the SX500 IS against the HX400V.

Canon SX500 IS vs Sony HX400V size comparison

Factoring in size and weight, the portability score of the SX500 IS and HX400V is 80 and 62 respectively.

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Canon SX500 IS vs Sony HX400V Sensor Comparison

Oftentimes, it is very tough to picture the contrast in sensor measurements simply by viewing technical specs. The visual here will help provide you a far better sense of the sensor measurements in the SX500 IS and HX400V.

As you can tell, both the cameras enjoy the same exact sensor sizing but different MP. You can anticipate the Sony HX400V to render more detail having an extra 4MP. Greater resolution will also help you crop pics far more aggressively. The older SX500 IS will be behind in sensor tech.

Canon SX500 IS vs Sony HX400V sensor size comparison

Canon SX500 IS vs Sony HX400V Screen and ViewFinder

Canon SX500 IS vs Sony HX400V Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Canon SX500 IS Portrait photography factors
Sony HX400V Portrait photography factors
47
has manual focus
above average flash sync speed (1/1,600 seconds)
decent megapixels (16MP)
includes face detection autofocus
cannot use external flash
small sensor size (1/2.3")
no RAW files
52
focusing manually
good resolution (20MP)
comes with face detect autofocus
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
has no RAW files
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Street Comparison

Street photography with Canon SX500 IS
Street photography with Sony HX400V
51
built in image stabilization (Optical)
no articulating screen
small sensor size (1/2.3")
no RAW files
50
screen tilts up and down
built in image stabilization (Optical)
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
has no RAW files
heavier than competition in class (660 grams)
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Sports Comparison

Canon SX500 IS as a Sports photography camera
Sony HX400V as a Sports photography camera
45
amazing zoom range (24-720mm 30.0 x zoom)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
decent megapixels (16MP)
includes tracking autofocus
slow continuous shooting (1.0 fps)
small sensor size (1/2.3")
low battery power (195 shots)
no phase detect autofocus
56
incredible zoom range (24-1200mm 50.0 x zoom)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
good resolution (20 megapixels)
comes with tracking focus
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
has no phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Canon SX500 IS Travel photography features
Sony HX400V Travel photography features
60
decent megapixels (16 megapixels)
built-in flash
reasonably wide (24mm)
very long zoom (720mm)
lack of Timelapse function
low battery power (195 per charge)
doesn't feature selfie friendly screen
slow maximum aperture (f3.4)
54
good resolution (20 megapixels)
built-in flash
fairly wide (24mm)
great zoom (1200mm)
doesn't have Time Lapse function
heavier than competition in class (660g)
doesn't posses selfie friendly display
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.8)
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Landscape Comparison

Canon SX500 IS Landscape photography features
Sony HX400V Landscape photography features
47
has manual focus
reasonably wide (24mm)
screen size is good (3")
built in image stabilization (Optical)
decent megapixels (16 megapixels)
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
slow maximum aperture (f3.4)
small sensor size (1/2.3")
no RAW files
low battery power (195 shots)
lack of Timelapse function
50
focusing manually
fairly wide (24mm)
pretty good screen size (3 inch)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
good resolution (20 megapixels)
cannot switch lens (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.8)
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
has no RAW files
doesn't have Time Lapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Canon SX500 IS Vlogging advice
Sony HX400V Vlogging advice
28
reasonably wide (24mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
includes face detection autofocus
slow maximum aperture (f3.4)
doesn't feature selfie friendly screen
low quality video (1280 x 720 pxls)
lack of external microphone port
29
fairly wide (24mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
comes with face detect autofocus
high video quality (1920 x 1080 pixels)
comes with mic socket
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.8)
doesn't posses selfie friendly display
heavier than competition in class (660g)
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Canon SX500 IS vs Sony HX400V Specifications

General Information
Manufacturer
Canon
Sony
Model
Canon PowerShot SX500 IS
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V
Category
Small Sensor Superzoom
Small Sensor Superzoom
Launched
2012-08-21
2014-02-12
Physical type
Compact
SLR-like (bridge)
Sensor Information
Processor Chip
Digic 4
Bionz X
Sensor type
CCD
BSI-CMOS
Sensor size
1/2.3"
1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions
6.17 x 4.55mm
6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor area
28.1mm²
28.1mm²
Sensor resolution
16 megapixel
20 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio
1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Maximum resolution
4608 x 3456
5184 x 3888
Maximum native ISO
1600
12800
Lowest native ISO
80
80
RAW photos
Autofocusing
Manual focus
Touch to focus
AF continuous
Single AF
Tracking AF
Selective AF
AF center weighted
Multi area AF
AF live view
Face detect AF
Contract detect AF
Phase detect AF
Number of focus points
1
9
Lens
Lens mount
fixed lens
fixed lens
Lens focal range
24-720mm (30.0x)
24-1200mm (50.0x)
Maximum aperture
f/3.4-5.8
f/2.8-6.3
Macro focus distance
1cm
1cm
Crop factor
5.8
5.8
Screen
Type of display
Fixed Type
Tilting
Display sizing
3 inches
3 inches
Resolution of display
461 thousand dots
921 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch capability
Display technology
TFT Color LCD
-
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type
None
Electronic
Viewfinder coverage
-
100%
Features
Slowest shutter speed
15s
30s
Maximum shutter speed
1/1600s
1/4000s
Continuous shooting rate
1.0 frames per sec
10.0 frames per sec
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation
Yes
Yes
Change WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range
5.00 m
8.50 m (ISO Auto)
Flash options
Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync
Flash Off / Autoflash / Fill-flash / Slow Sync. / Advanced Flash / Rear Sync. / Wireless (with optional compliant flash)
External flash
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Maximum flash synchronize
1/1600s
-
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Supported video resolutions
1280 x 720 (25 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
1920 x 1080 (60p, 60i, 24p), 1440 x 1080 (30p), 640 x 480 (30p)
Maximum video resolution
1280x720
1920x1080
Video file format
H.264
MPEG-4, AVCHD
Mic port
Headphone port
Connectivity
Wireless
Eye-Fi Connected
Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS
None
BuiltIn
Physical
Environment sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight
341 grams (0.75 pounds)
660 grams (1.46 pounds)
Dimensions
104 x 70 x 80mm (4.1" x 2.8" x 3.1")
130 x 93 x 103mm (5.1" x 3.7" x 4.1")
DXO scores
DXO All around score
not tested
not tested
DXO Color Depth score
not tested
not tested
DXO Dynamic range score
not tested
not tested
DXO Low light score
not tested
not tested
Other
Battery life
195 photos
300 photos
Battery type
Battery Pack
Battery Pack
Battery model
NB-6L
NP-BX1
Self timer
Yes (2 or 10 sec, Custom)
Yes (2 or 10 sec, portrait)
Time lapse feature
Storage type
SD/SDHC/SDXC
SD/SDHC/SDXC/Memory Stick Duo/Memory Stick Pro Duo, Memory Stick Pro-HG Duo
Card slots
One
One
Cost at launch
$299
$448